CLINTON — Many high school track and field athletes got good news Friday, learning they had qualified for next week's Iowa track and field state meet in Des Moines.
The four-class, coed event runs from Thursday through Saturday at Drake Stadium.
Winners in all four classes, as well as runners-up in 2A, 3A and 4A, all qualified automatically at district and regional meets Thursday night. But anywhere from eight to 12 spots remained, depending on class, and those were filled Friday based on times, heights and distances.
Several members of the Clinton High girls team received good news.
Senior Erin Wenzel, who qualified automatically by winning the 800, will run in the 400, too. Her third-place time (1:00.42) in Thursday's Class 4A regional meet in Dubuque was the 12th-fastest time recorded in any of the 4A regionals.
Senior Kim Kaster will run in the 3,000 after qualifying with the 24th — and final — time of 11:10.36. In addition, Alayna Geronzin qualified in the discus, Elle Tubbs earned a berth in the high jump, and the River Queens' sprint medley relay unit advanced.
Clinton's boys also added additional qualifiers.
Marquis Robinson will run in the 200-meter dash after taking sixth in the district in 23.09, and Delante Chamberlain earned a spot in the 400 hurdles after taking fourth in 57.53.
Clinton also grabbed a bid in the 400 relay.
In Class 2A, where the top two placewinners in each of the eight districts or regionals advanced, there were eight additional spots available in each event.
Camanche's Libby Schnoor, who already had qualified in two events, will go in two more. She and Northeast's Hannah Kilburg claimed two of those spots in the 800 meters. Kilburg also qualified in the 1,500 and in the distance medley relay, which she anchors. Schnoor also anchored Camanche's 1,600 relay unit that qualified.